By Scott Billeck – @scottbilleck
WINNIPEG — The Winnipeg Jets dropped their third in a row and sixth straight home game on Saturday, a 6-4 drubbing at the hands of the Dallas Stars. Here are the game’s quick hits:
How it happened: Some early pressure to start the game from Scheifele’s line was erased by a Tyler Seguin goal at the 7:14 mark of the opening frame. Seguin, who had two goals and two assists in his last visit here scored his 16th of the season on a nice shot high blocker on Ondrej Pavelec. Scheifele’s line would continue to push after the goal and it paid off. Matt Halischuk was on cleanup duty after Scheifele’s initial shot was saved, tying the game on his third of the season. The Stars retook the lead courtesy of rookie Valeri Nichushkin who potted home his fifth goal of the season on an incredible deke on Pavelec.
The second period came with a flurry of action. Blake Wheeler tied the game, if only briefly, as Jamie Benn notched one 48 seconds later. Wheeler struck again just over a minute later on a power play goal. Anthony Peluso then took a brutal boarding penalty at the expense of Alex Goligoski who left and didn’t return. The ensuing five-minute power play resulted in two goals from the Stars, second goals of the game from both Benn and Seguin, giving the Stars a 5-3 lead going into the room.
Al Montoya started in goal for the Jets in the third, though it would be hard to blame Pavelec for his performance. Colton Secviour scored his first NHL goal at the 2:48 mark of the third on a nice deke to the backhand on Montoya putting the Stars up 6-3 and cementing the win for his team. Olli Jokinen made it 6-4 late, but it was just that, late.
What it means: The loss is the third straight for the Jets who will next play on the road in Columbus on Monday night.
Jets player of the game: Blake Wheeler for the second straight game. He scored twice for the second straight game and kept his team in it, at least for a while.
Jets stat of the game: Anthony Peluso’s five-minute major for boarding turned the tide in this game. The Stars scored twice on the ensuing power play and never looked back.
What is next for the Jets: The Jets will play two road games back-to-back on Monday and Tuesday starting with the Columbus Blue Jackets. The next home game for the Jets comes Friday against the Florida Panthers.